Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Genocide against Christians

Middle East Genocide of Christians?
By Doreen Abi Raad
National Catholic Register, January 26, 2011
"Religious cleansing, genocide and outright extermination are terms now used to describe the plight of Christians in the Middle East, particularly following recent horrific attacks on Christians in Iraq and Egypt. While attacks on Christians in the Middle East are nothing new, the situation has escalated. There was the Oct. 31 massacre in Baghdad’s Syriac Catholic Church of Our Lady of Salvation, for example, which killed 58 people, including two priests, and wounded 75. Then, on Jan. 1, an attack on the Orthodox Coptic Church of the Saints in Alexandria, Egypt, killed 21 people and wounded more than 100. 'Christians are scared and are continuing to leave,' said Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk, Iraq. 'They want to educate their children with security,' he said, noting that even when their children are in school, parents are afraid about their safety. 'They are very worried about their future.' While there are Christians who want to stay in Iraq, the bishop said, they are feeling more vulnerable and afraid with each day and want to flee their homeland. It is estimated that about half of Iraq's approximately 1.4 million Christians have fled the country since the American invasion in 2003. The exodus has brought hundreds of thousands to neighboring Syria, Jordan and Lebanon, and most recently Turkey. Archbishop Sako was instrumental in calling for the Synod of Bishops to address the plight of Christians in the Middle East, which they did this past October at the Vatican. 'Human bleeding is threatening the Christian presence in the area. It is a disaster that with their departure will go their history, heritage, liturgies, spirituality and witness,' the archbishop said of the descendants of the world's first Christians. In a Jan. 10 speech to diplomats accredited to the Holy See, Pope Benedict XVI quoted a message from the synod, saying Christians in the Middle East are loyal citizens who are entitled to 'enjoy all the rights of citizenship, freedom of conscience, freedom of worship and freedom in education, teaching and the use of the mass media.' Religious leaders point to the rise of Islamic fundamentalism for the escalation of attacks.
Patriarch of Antioch for Syriac Catholics Ignatius Youssef III Younan, who was one of the two president delegates for the synod, explained, 'With the rise of the so-called Islamic fundamentalism -- we should rather say "violent fanaticism" -- in most of Arabic and countries of Muslim-majority around the world, non-Muslim minorities, especially Christians, have been the easy targets of terrorist attacks.' It wasn’t always that way. Jesuit Father Samir Khalil Samir, who wrote the working document for the synod, characterizes the 1950s in Egypt, where he was born, as a wonderful era for the country’s Christians. 'We were esteemed,' recalled the priest, who is founder of the Center for Documentation and Research on Arab Christianity. Then came the Islamization of the country in the 1970s. Now Egypt’s Coptic Christians, who make up about 10% of the country’s population of 80 million, are regularly attacked. 'Violence against Christians is something that happens every day and has as its aim to rid the Middle East of the Christian presence,' Father Samir wrote recently for the Rome-based Asia News service. [...]"
[n.b. Thanks to Genocide News, Twitter: @Genocideupdates, for bringing this report to my attention.]


  1. It is time to build a Hebrew-speaking Christian buffer state
    between Israel and Syria, including parts of Lebanon, Golan, Jordan, Cyprus,
    and Sinai. Christians in Arab countries are hostages. The first
    Christians were Hebrew Good Samaritans. And these hostages are Hebrew
    Christians. Now that we know the Gospel was written in Hebrew and not
    colonial Grecian or colonial Arambaic, we know that Paul wrote his
    Epostiles to the Hebrew Diaspora, who became the first Christians.
    The Christians of Lebanon have been under Syrian occupation since 1974
    and have departed only nominally. The only way we would push back
    abominal millenia of Islamic and quasi-Christian heresy is if we
    establish a Christian bastion in the Holy Land. This bastion would be
    the friend and ally of Israel, a rebirth of the Good Samaritan
    homeland which is the essential halo force field around Israel for the
    Rapture and Revelation. You may ask why should we break up
    established countries? They are no such thing. The French still want
    to establish a Greater Seleucitanian Syria out of Iraq, Jordan, Turkey
    and Lebanon, which has always been the object of their chemical
    industrial feedstock policies. The French (children of the evil
    Robbespierre) and the Russians (children of the evil Magog Obshchina)
    took the Middle Eastern Christians into their heresies before the
    Evangelical Missionaries could make contact. And with such huge
    colonial armies against them, the poor Gospel Missions never had a
    chance. But the Evangelicals are the true brothers of these Ancient
    Believers and we must project America's Glorious Military might to
    correct these injustices. Brethren, we must act quickly for the End
    Times are near. We must begin by demanding Turkey allow full
    evangelical freedom in the remaining parts of its empire. Turkey is
    beholden to America and we cannot tolerate their failure to support
    Israel and Iraq any longer. America and Israel are Turkey's only
    friends and Turkey must not be allowed any other choice but to convert
    to the mission of the Gospel. Move forth Glorious brethren for blessed
    are those who would defend the Lord's people: Both the Ancient Hebrew
    Christians and their still-Jewish brethren.


Please be constructive in your comments. - AJ